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Dreamer / Doer / Founder of Fashion Denver

303’s Denver Fashion Weekend: Night One Oct 11, 2012

Photos by Cameron Devon of Devon Advertising

City Hall Amphitheater housed the lavish evening of 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend’s first event. Photographers welcomed guests with sponsored backdrops. When inside, the decor remained simple as to promote the showcasing artisans. Even a Schomp Mini Cooper placed by a table of goofy accessories allowed guests to create their own photo booth. As the show was announced, a rush to find your seat quickly overcame the audience.

Representing the love of graphic tees and urban style of L.A., Kid Dangerous introduced Schomp Mini and 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend in true catwalk style. Consisting of the youthful necklines, cuts, and lengths, all the tees were designed keeping in mind the wide variety of women’s body types. Playful slogans included “Party-party-party-party, Humpday, and LA Don’t ♥ U”. To complete the style, the graphic tees looked gorgeous with detailed leggings, acid washed jeans, and bold colored minis.

Haute couture hats by Kitty Mae Millnery was truly a standout collection of the evening. The line, consisting of cocktail hats, veiled pieces and a-symmetric brims, was crafted in elegant autumn colors of mauve, wine, and a brilliant amber yellow. Each piece was adorned with a unique bow, feathers, or an origami flower. Models wore long sleek hair and black cocktail dresses to anchor the sublime workmanship of Kitty Mae Millnery.

No woman can have too many hand bags! presented a collection of elegantly tailored leather bags perfect for any occasion. Styles ranged anywhere from business satchels, hobos, and weekend bags to cross body and day packs. An over sized brief case with a classic bowling ball bag design was a modern touch on a vintage idea. With styles for day and night, you are sure to find a fabulous addition to your favorite ensembles.

The runway finale was presented by 50 Dresses by Tess Vigil. Sculpted necklines, lady-like silhouettes, and flirtatious hemlines displayed a nouveau touch to vintage-inspired styles. 50 Dresses had a thoughtful mixture of solids and print designs as well. Playful polka-dots, form-fitting stripes, and an intricate skull print were among the piece shown. Ranging from work appropriate dresses to evenings out, 50 Dresses truly had some special for all ages and body types.

As the lights dimmed, the headlining beauty and make-up show was soon to begin. Each of the seven looks was created by talents of a make-artist and body painter. The theme ventured into the essence of some of some of the most beautiful paintings including ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh, ‘Woman in the Hat’ by Matisse and Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Virgin’. Artists portrayed the painting using the model’s entire body – truly a moving piece of art! One of the most outstanding recreations of the evening was Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Drowning Girl’ created by Katelyn Simkins and Alan Anderson of Colorado Skin Works. The artwork not only captured the emotional struggle of the drowning woman but also depicted a superhero-like power in the expressive eyes. All the artistic participants demonstrated a sensitivity to the original work of art while still projecting personal style and creativity.

Colorado Fashion Week: October 2 – 6

Photos by Cameron Devon of Devon Advertising

Colorado Fashion Week launched its second annual event this past week. Taking place at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center for Performing Arts Center and the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, the event was a perfect opportunity for student and emerging designers as well as locally known established designers. The collections ranged anywhere for three hand-crafted pieces to 20 or more items.

Produced by the JTA Group and Creative Director Justice Kwesi Kwarteng, Colorado Fashion Week is described as “existing to nurture, mentor, market, and present the next generation of fashion industry experts and professionals.” The foundation was also created as an opportunity to change per-conceived notions of fashion in Colorado, organize a professional fashion trade and marketing event, and finally create new jobs and elevate Denver’s potential as an emerging fashion capitol.

Each night of the four-part event had something very unique to offer. Emerson Windy, Manuel Molina and His Latin Jazz Band, and Postal Holiday each opened the evening with a special performance before the runway show. As lights dimmed and Justice announced the next great talent, the vibrant pink carpet provided the frame for their artwork.

Marissa Lundeen, emerging fashion designers, showed a collection of feminine cocktail dresses in brave colors of cobalt blue, coral, and pomegranate. The show-stopping of the collection was a V-neck cocktail dress with an accent geometrical checkered overlay.

A collection of inspired geometric zig zag motifs was presented by Pim Era. Each piece showed a thoughtful and dramatic way to wear bold striped pattern. The mixture of warm and cool tones would be a perfect additional to any stylish woman’s wardrobe.

The make-up show presented an industrial interpretation of make-up techniques. Looks included saran wrap, light weight burlap material draped across the body, and gold textured paint. The finale look was shown on a goddess-like saran wrapped warrior with expressive eyebrows and accents of gold flakes. The show included artistry from Aveda Academy, Jeager Make-up International, and CFW Make-Up Artistry Team.

Formal updos, messy fish tale braids, and flowing full length curls were amont the looks of the Masters of Hair. A special performance to showcase the artistry of talented stylists featured models in black glitter body paint with contrasting white wigs. Among the masters were XOXO Salon, Sanuk Salon, Aveda Academy, Three Little Birds, Pink & Black Beauty, and Stranz Salon.

Circles of Hands, a hand-made jewelry line, displayed everything from beaded necklaces, bracelets, arm bands, and anklets. All made by artisans in Uganda, each piece had such a special story and the cheerful beads only furthered the experience.

Hat shop, Goorin Bros, presented an array of men’s and women’s couture hats. Styles included modern fedoras, floppy “Hampden vacation” style hats, and Gatsbies for both men and women.

Headliner, Carlos Melendez, showcased his career launching presentation of gorgeous evening gowns. Silhouettes were focused on sweetheart necklines, tailored waists and full skirts. Melendez also showed a pair of vintage-inspired wide leg trousers in a bold black and white stripe with a matching cropped fur vest.

Rachel Hurst’s Fashion House of Rae Marie had many show stopping looks. Playing with unique print combinations, the collection was both youthful and elegant. From ready-to-wear, to cocktail attire, and several luxurious evening gowns, Rae Marie really strives for the needs of the everyday woman.

Creative Director and Founder of CFW, Justice K’s International Collection was undoubtably a catwalk to remember. Truly couture gowns with intricate details graced the runway as the headliner for Saturday’s final evening.

As a wonderful week to support the local talent in Colorado comes to an end, the inspiration to continue doing what you love remains strong throughout the hearts of the designers, fashion professionals, and supporters of art and design.

Falling Into Style

Hey all! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, but to say the least this school year has been crazy busy! Follow me on my blog to keep up with my outfits, quips, and more!

Fall is my favorite season because you can finally break out those long sleeve shirts, deep colors, and boots!!

I saw this outfit on my friend’s Instagram and immediately had to post it! It has all the class of fall with the fun frill of summer.

Sarah working her adorable outfit!

The top is from Francesca’s and the brand is Buttons. The skirt is from Banana Republic and together these pieces create a wonderful simplicity, while also highlighting your assets in an understated way. Both items are versatile, which is great (especially on a college budget)! I love lace because it is so classy and the detailing is so simple, but beautiful.

Sorry for a short post, but I promise to be back soon 🙂

Barrera International Fashion Show

Photo by Kenneth Hamblin III

An evening of sequins, sky high heels, and signature pink cocktails; Barrera International’s showcase event was undoubtedly a night to remember. Denver’s historic Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion housed the lavish event where the grand staircase provided the backdrop for models in elegant attire. Each of the mansion’s rooms was arranged with runway seating and enlivened by models gliding from room to room. Photographers, designers, writers, and lovers of fashion and design were among the many on the guest list.

Founder of Barrera International and recent graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Juan Jimenez celebrated the label’s one year mark with a collection of 40 beautifully crafted looks for Spring/Summer 2013. The collection encompassed all the glamorous aspects of a woman’s wardrobe, from cocktail attire and evening gowns to versatile staple tops and skirts. Several expertly tailored men’s wear pieces were spread throughout the show as well.

Drawing inspiration while traveling from Montreal to London, Jimenez describes the collection as “very soft and light, loosely-fitting and free spirited, yet closely fitting and accentuating the female body.” Gorgeous French and Italian fabrics including turquoise and black metallic silk jersey and floral embroidered lace in black and gold were perfectly allocated among the pieces. Scalloped hems, draped necklines, and tailored waists all delivered a very lady-like signature appearance. “Black, ivory, forest green, turquoise and the signature cobalt-blue  represented the forefront and meaning of the collection,” states Jimenez.

Image by Kenneth Hamblin III

Of the most memorable pieces, a high collar silver sequin evening gown stood beyond the rest, Multi-dimensional large silver sequins gave the dress movement in an eye-catching and dramatic way. A high slicked back bun and oversized art deco earrings polished out the look. Though this was one of the most show-stopping gowns of the evening, Jimenez’s penchant for elegance was expressed throughout the collection.!

Back to the Basics

Be sure to check out my blog and keep up with my styles, thoughts, and my adventures as I return to California!!!!

As I finish my summer here, at Fashion Denver, I’ve realized how much I’ve grown through this internship. This blog has become something I truly look forward to writing! So… I am happy to announce that after I return to Orange, California for my Junior year of college at Chapman University I will continue to post every Monday! Thank you so much for following and get excited for what’s to come!

Trends are fine and all- They’re what make fashion fun and exciting, but the basics are not to be forgotten. Be sure to use basics with your trends pieces to create looks that are classic with a twist!

1. Red lipstick always adds a little spice to your outfit and make your eyes pop!

Lancome Lipstick

2. Classic fit jeans with a white v-neck and some colorful flats are good for every day!

Gap v-neck with Gap "sexy boyfriend" jean
With Tory Burch flats

3. Low boots with a summer dress keeps the look casual, but still fresh and not sloppy!

Free People dress with Frye boots

Back to School Shopping… Delightful, not Daunting.

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As my days here at Fashion Denver start to come to a close the realization of school being near has me very excited especially because it means back to school shopping! It can be hard to figure out what you need, what you want, and how to make space for all your wonderful new goodies!

Cleaning out your closet and preparing your space for your new purchases can be a daunting task, but here’s a way to ensure it’s easy and you don’t accidentally get rid of anything you need or use. IF YOU HAVEN’T USED IT IN A YEAR… IT’S GONE! Let’s be real, you obviously don’t like that sweater enough to even wear it once last winter and it’s only taking up space that a sweater you truly love could occupy and give away those jeans you’ve been trying for 2 years to fit into. Also, it doesn’t matter if the shoes are durable or your favorite, if they’re worn out it’s time to go your separate ways. Dress for who you are today!

After cleaning out your closet it’s much easier to assess what items you need for the new school year! Make a list of NEEDS and then figure out your wants. For example: I start out with shoes- I live in Southern California so I mostly wear sandals and definitely have plenty of shoes! Nothing I need in that department, but I wouldn’t mine a new pair of black pumps (goes in the WANT section of my list).

With clothing it’s key to stick to your needs or you’ll end up with a lot of pieces you won’t be able to get much use out of. Stick to staples and then after you have your essential pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, and blouses you can move into the trendy wants.

My current list:

NEEDS- Light wash skinny jeans, leather backpack, white tank top, white shorts, blazer

WANTS- Light pink skinny pants, Ray Ban Aviators, black pumps, maxi dress/ skirt

LUV More Than the SURF

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My family is on our annual vacation in San Diego for the 11th consecutive year and as usual I am very excited for all the little shops and boutiques that line the beach! My typical boutiques have been shut down or converted to rental shops so I was ecstatic when I came across this little place that actually had some cute clothes and accessories in it! LUV SURF had EVERYTHING. From high-low skirts, studded jean shorts, crop tops, and feather earrings to comfy cotton t’s, yoga pants, and pet accessories! After just opening less than a month ago the shop has a distinct flare that has something for everyone.

All the clothing was made from quality materials, soft cottons, and the accessories were unique with a fun twist, not to mention their adorable leashes, collars, toys, and dog bowls for your little pooch! If you’re in the Mission Beach area I advise poking your head in because you will fall in LUV!

The front of the store located at 3816 Mission Boulevard

Just a few of the cute goods the store has to offer!

Tips on How to Dress Fashionably Without Dropping A Lot of Cash

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I had a request to give some tips on how to find the latest trends and styles without overspending, so I thought I’d do just that! As a college student living in Southern California I am constantly surrounded by fashionistas who have no problem going and spending to their hearts content, but on my budget that just won’t fly. I’ve learned how to get the pieces I’ve been desiring without breaking the bank and the secret is: persistence and patience.

1. Get on the email list to your favorite stores.
-I’ve joined the mailing list for all my favorite stores because then I always know when there’s a sale and usually stores let you in on the secret of their sales first.

2. Buy at a discount.
– While places like Nordstrom Rack can be a headache and extremely overwhelming, shopping there can be of great reward. Never go on the weekends and give yourself plenty of time to shop. It’s generally not an in and out shopping trip.

3. Shop online and use coupon codes.
– Most places have coupon codes for shopping online. All you have to do is google “online coupons for (insert brand here)”.

4. Keep going back.
– Sometimes it just takes returning to the store over and over to finally get that dress you’ve been wanting (but can’t afford) on sale!

A few of my many successes:

$6 floppy hat on sale at Forever 21
$35 Free People top (originally $90) from Nordstrom Rack
$15 gray dress from TJ Maxx and $45 sandal (originally $90) from Steve Madden

Fashion Tips for Keeping it Cool at Work

Another fashion tip Monday with intern, Katherine! For more fashion related posts check out her blog!

1. Glasses! No one can resist a businesswoman who works her glasses with confidence!

  • The frame shape should contrast with the face shape.
  • The frame size should be in scale with the face size.
  • Eyeglasses should repeat your personal best feature (such as a brown frame to match brown eyes).
Boss, Brandi Shigley, is hard at work in her oh-so-chic glasses!

2. Blazers with skinny white jeans and colorful flats or pumps give you a creative and classy edge in the office.

3. Satchels are a stylish and cool way to carry all your office supplies to work!

4. As always, you can never go wrong with a cute flowy top and capris for that easy summer look!

Summer intern, Katherine, poses for Fashion Tip Monday!